Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein ' Essay

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Throughout the novel, Mary Shelley hints at the similarity of the relationship between Frankenstein and the creature, and the relationship between God and humanity in deism. Deists believe in an unreachable and distant God who created nature and humanity, then stepped out. They believe in the principle that God abandoned the world, and the laws of nature now govern humanity. Evil and corruption only enter the world when humanity fails to live up to their potential or to the laws of nature. In this sense, Frankenstein mirrors God when he abandoned his creation to fend and learn the laws of nature for itself. Shelley believes the monster was created in depraved circumstances and the fault lies on Frankenstein for his lack of assiduousness. She published the book with an epigraph from Paradise Lost. After Adam fell from perfection, he asks God, “Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay to mould me man? Did I solicit thee from darkness to promote me?” Mary Shelley critiques the reason for which man was created, and illustrates the harshness of bleak conditions in nature in order to symbolize the brutal conditions that humanity suffers in life.
The recurring images of mountains are the physical embodiment of power, and ultimately represent the struggle for power between Frankenstein and his creature. In the beginning of the novel, Frankenstein “pursues nature to her hiding places” with “unrelaxed and breathless eagerness” (33). Frankenstein believes the ability to…

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